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					                    MILITARY SPOUSES – YOU’RE INVITED

WHERE: [enter location here]
WHEN: [enter date and time here]

Greetings Military Spouses:

As you may have heard, the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI - formerly
AAMT) and the Medical Transcription Industry Association (MTIA) are partners in a joint initiative
with the Department of Defense to help introduce the profession of medical transcription to military
spouses. This seminar will take place at [enter location and date here]. There is no cost to attend, and
the deadline to register is [enter deadline here]. To RSVP for this informational with your name and e-
mail address, please go to:
[add your e-mail address here if you wish to have RSVPs]

I would also urge you to check out

We look forward to meeting you and sharing information about our career. We feel medical
transcription is the ideal career for military spouses. Medical transcription is a career without physical
boundaries. Since the majority of transcriptionists work from their home, you can live in Texas and
work for a company in Florida transcribing for a hospital in Nebraska. Even better, if you find that you
have to relocate - your job moves with you! This informational will provide you with all the information
you need to get started on the road to your new career in medical transcription.

If you aren't able to attend, have no fear! Everything you need to know about getting started in this
exciting profession is included in the attached document "Mission: Medical Transcription: A career that
moves with you!” This document is in PDF format so you will need Adobe Reader in order to open it.
If you don't have this program already you can obtain a free download through

We are here to help and support you in any way we can. Please don’t hesitate to contact Sue Krajewski,
CMT, Workforce Development/Education Coordinator for AHDI/MTIA, if you have further questions.
You can also visit the AHDI website and our page dedicated to Military Spouses -

We look forward to seeing you at the informational,

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What is Mission Medical Transcription?
Mission Medical Transcription is a collaborative initiative of AHDI, MTIA, the US Department of Labor,
and the US Department of Defense to introduce the profession of medical transcription to military

What makes medical transcription a good fit for military spouses?
The ability to make a living working from home as a medical transcriptionist creates a portable career
that pairs nicely with the highly mobile lifestyle of a military spouse. Once established, a military
spouse working as a transcriptionist can literally take their job with them – avoiding the need to find a
new job every time they are re-deployed.

How do military spouses become medical transcriptionists?
Military spouses will be encouraged to enroll in an ACCP-approved training program, earn their
Registered Medical Transcriptionist credential upon graduation, and enter into the Registered
Apprenticeship Program that is recognized by the US Department of Labor.

Is there financial assistance available to help military spouses pay for training?
Many of the ACCP-approved programs offer discounts and/or scholarships for military spouses. Some
programs accept federal Pell grants, Sallie Mae student loans, and VA benefits like the GI Bill.
Additionally, some schools offer individual loans and payment plans.

How do military spouses get started?
Interested spouses should visit and click on the “Become on MT” on the home
page. Once there they can click on “Welcome Military Spouses” in the “Related Links” box. They can
then download a document titled “Medical Transcription: An Ideal Career for Military Spouses," sign up
to attend an informational webinar called “Become an MT,” join an active e-mail listserv comprised of
other military spouses, and start researching training programs.

How can other transcriptionists help with this initiative?
AHDI is looking for volunteers who are willing to visit military bases and hold informal “chats” with
military spouses. A toolkit has been created to provide everything you need for a successful meeting.
If you are interested in participating, please contact Sue Krajewski @

                                        TALKING POINTS
                           MILITARY SPOUSE PRESS BRIEFING

   In April of 2007, the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI) and the Medical
    Transcription Industry Association (MTIA), in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Labor
    (DOL) and Department of Defense (DOD) launched a program introducing medical transcription as
    a mobile career of choice to thousands of military spouses nationwide. AHDI and MTIA represent
    the medical transcriptionists and business owners who provide the clinical documentation services to
    the U.S. healthcare delivery system.

   Health information technology has been a top presidential priority as a tool to drive down escalating
    healthcare costs, decrease medical errors, and improve patient safety. Yet we face a grave shortage
    of qualified medical transcriptionists to assist in transitioning our healthcare system from a paper-
    based medical record to an electronic health record system.

   Medical transcriptionists specialize in medical language and clinical documentation. They interpret
    and transcribe dictation by physicians and other healthcare professionals regarding patient
    assessment, therapeutic procedures, clinical course, diagnosis, and prognosis for the medical legal
    record to ensure accuracy and completeness for reimbursement, patient safety and continuity of care.

   Our project to promote medical transcription careers with the Department of Defense Military
    Spouse program couldn’t come at a better time, especially with the nation at war and the need to
    retain military personnel is high. Military spouses gainfully employed in today’s two-income
    families are more likely to be satisfied and willing to support their spouses’ decision to stay in the

   The program will encourage military spouses to enroll in an approved school for medical
    transcription. Upon successful completion of school (approximately 18 months), the military spouse
    is eligible to take an entry level credentialing exam to assess readiness for apprenticeship, and then
    can begin employment through a two-year federally sponsored apprenticeship program with a
    medical transcription company. Military spouses can live, learn, work, and service clients in
    multiple states, making this career a great match for the military spouse on the move.

   Currently, $35 million has been allotted in the form of Career Advancement Accounts or vouchers
    which military spouses can use for education in six states. These CAA vouchers amount to up to
    $6000 per spouse for education in five portable and/or high-growth industries, including careers in
    medical transcription.

For more information please contact
                          MEDICAL TRANSCRIPTION FACT SHEET
                           MILITARY SPOUSE PRESS BRIEFING

• What is medical transcription? In the broadest sense, medical transcription is the act of translating
from oral to written form (on paper or electronically) the record of a person's medical history, diagnosis,
treatment, prognosis, and outcome. Medical transcription requires a practical knowledge of medical
language relating to anatomy, physiology, disease processes, pharmacology, laboratory medicine, and
the internal organization of medical reports. A medical transcriptionist is truly a medical language
specialist who must be aware of standards and requirements that apply to the health record, as well as
the legal significance of medical transcripts.

• What training is required? Individuals interested in this profession should attend a training program
that specializes in medical transcription. Medical transcription programs vary in length from 9 to 24
months and can be campus-based or online distance learning programs.

The medical transcription program approval process was instituted by the Association for Healthcare
Documentation Integrity –AHDI (formerly the American Association for Medical Transcription --
AAMT) to encourage compliance with AHDI’s Model Curriculum for Medical Transcription, maintain
sound educational programming, produce competent entry-level medical transcriptionists, and provide
assurance to the public of consistency and quality outcomes for medical transcription education.
Programs must comply with specific educational and institutional criteria as established by AHDI.

• What is the cost of training? The medical transcription programs that have achieved approval range
in cost from $1320 to $5170 – with the average cost being $3000. This includes tuition and books.

• What can the average medical transcriptionist expect to earn? Medical transcriptionists had
median hourly earnings of $14.40 in May 2006. The middle 50 percent earned between $12.17 and
$17.06. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $10.22, and the highest 10 percent earned more than
$20.15. 1

• What is the job outlook for medical transcription Employment of medical transcriptionists is
projected to grow 14 percent from 2006 to 2016, faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for
medical transcription services will be spurred by a growing and aging population. Older age groups
receive proportionately greater numbers of medical tests, treatments, and procedures that require
documentation. A high level of demand for transcription services also will be sustained by the continued
need for electronic documentation that can be shared easily among providers, third-party payers,
regulators, consumers, and health information systems. Growing numbers of medical transcriptionists
will be needed to amend patients’ records, edit documents from speech recognition systems, and identify
discrepancies in medical reports. 1

1: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-09 Edition, Medical
Transcriptionists, on the Internet at (visited October 7, 2008)
                            Choosing a Medical Transcription Program

AHDI recommends that a medical transcription educational program…

      be taught by qualified instructors who are credentialed experts in their respective fields
      employ certified medical transcriptionists to teach medical transcription practice courses
      be based on The Model Curriculum for Medical Transcription*, 4th edition, published by AHDI,
       which recommends courses in the following:
            o English grammar and punctuation
            o medical language
            o anatomy and physiology
            o disease processes
            o pharmacology and laboratory medicine
            o transcription technology
            o medical transcription practice
            o healthcare records
            o privacy, ethics, and other medicolegal issues

      indicate the number of classroom hours students actually perform medical transcription
      indicate the number of minutes of actual physician dictation used for practice (The Model
       Curriculum recommends 30 dictated hours of actual physician dictation.)
      indicate length of externship or on-the-job experience available (The Model Curriculum
       recommends 10 dictated hours of authentic physician dictation, for a total of 40 dictated hours
       during the training program.)
      include relevant publications among its educational materials
      incorporate The AHDI Book of Style for Medical Transcription, 3rd edition
      provide names and addresses of current and/or former students who have given permission to be
       contacted as references
      have an advisory board that includes certified medical transcriptionists
      offer assistance with job placement

*The Model Curriculum for Medical Transcription, 4th edition, was written in cooperation with medical
transcription educators and managers. It includes competencies, objectives, and prerequisites for 14
different courses and is designed to assist teachers in developing their educational programs. It is
available for download from AHDI.

Evaluate the Advertising

      Advertisements for medical transcription educational programs appear in many popular
       magazines, on television, and elsewhere.
      If the advertising mentions the career of medical transcription, it should accurately represent
       the profession as a medical language specialty requiring a substantial educational investment.
      If the advertising describes medical transcription as a home-based business opportunity, it
       should indicate the need for additional training and management to prepare for operating a
      If the advertising suggests potential income, a reference source for the amount should be cited.
      The advertising for some educational programs focuses solely on medical transcription as a
       work-at-home opportunity. While many transcription employers allow their transcriptionists to
       work from home, home-based opportunities for new program graduates may be limited. The
       desire to work at home should not be considered sufficient reason to enter this challenging
       profession. We encourage you to consider educational programs whose advertising emphasizes
       excellence in medical transcription, rather than simply focusing on the possibility of working at
      If the advertising refers to “certification,” the school should make clear that it is referring to a
       “certificate of course completion” and not the recognized professional designation of CMT
       (certified medical transcriptionist), which can be obtained only through successful completion of
       the certification examination administered by AHDI. (Only transcriptionists with at least 2 years
       of acute-care transcription experience are eligible to sit for the certification examination.)

Approved Schools
In 2005, the Approval Committee for Certificate Programs (ACCP), a joint committee established by
AHDI and AHIMA (American Health Information Management Association), established an approval
process for medical transcription education programs whose curriculum conforms to the AHDI Model
Curriculum. Choosing an AHDI-approved school can provide you with the assurance of knowing that
you are investing your time and resources into a program that meets the demands of both the association
and the industry. Schools who have been through the approval process have met a rigorous evaluation
of both their curricula and their overall program. Each approved school has demonstrated excellence in
its program and has established a strong record of job placement for its graduates through its contacts
with employers in the industry.

The ACCP meets quarterly to evaluate schools so please refer to the AHDI website frequently for

A current list of ACCP approved medical transcription education programs is available at: